Part I: Quiz-Style Questions
combination of multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank
questions based on material that is on the course web pages and was
discussed in class.
Part II: Identify & State the Significance
Identify and state the significance of 6 out of 9 items, all
of which are prominently featured on the web and were discussed in detail during class.
Part III: Essay Questions
Answer both of the following questions:
Discuss the traditional relationship between
Buddhism and Shinto in terms of the honji suijaku (“original substance
and manifest traces”) paradigm. How did this relationship change with the
establishment of “State Shinto” during the Meiji era (1868-1912)? How would you
describe the relationship since the end of World War II?
Although the majority of contemporary Japanese do
not regard themselves as “religious,” they typically engage in various
Buddhist, Shinto, and/or other activities that would appear to be religious in
nature. Why do so many Japanese consider themselves to be “non-religious” even
when they frequently engage in religious activity? How can this help us to
understand the unique nature of Japanese religiosity?